Herein bumps one of the most satisfying listens you’ll come across this calendar year. BeanOne and his Yukmob team (that’s: Fearce Vill, SEV, Romaro Franceswa, Davey Jones, and Cazsh, but who’s counting?) with a new mixtape called 199YUK. Bean reworks a grip of classic beats and samples — from you-know-what decade — into fresh instrumentals for his motheryukkers to recite new raps over. Everything is seamless and each track elicits an iPod search for the original source material. Even better is the communal kinship the “crew tape” format generates (ala classic team-ups like the Wu, Westside Connection, The Firm, and Seattle’s own Massline [RIP], for that matter).
Hip-hop quintet Theoretics with the latest drop in their “One A Month” series of releases. “Spiral Arms” is a nocturnal party groove featuring singer Hanna Stevens.
The LakeHouse Ent. family gathered recently for their second annual Slip & Slide BBQ at Madrona Park in celebration of the release of their new LP, the Budztape. Resident Lake historian Roof Dogg took the opportunity to film two videos: “Timbo” which appears on Mo’ Money’s Everybody Needs A Lil Mo’ Money, and “Bloated” off the new Budztape. As with everything LakeHouse, the clips are delightfully low-fi and a real bargain at a two-for-one price. #Splash.
Onry Ozzborn and Portland’s IAME hop on the track “Animals,” from Sioux Falls-based producer Doze. His compilation album, Hell Is Hot As Hell, Boss, also features an appearance by Graves33. Preview and download this worthy banger below.
Captain of the filthy monotonic, Aaron Cohen — the Queens-based, Seattle-bred rapper — dropped his latest project yesterday. You Wouldn’t Know is a seven-track EP with a dark and catchy appeal; the most accurate representation yet of who he is as an MC. Listen and download below, and make sure to check out the exclusive 28Hundred interview below that.
Nacho Picasso has a new label home: Brooklyn-based producer Harry Fraud’s Srfschl (that’s Surfschool if you’re still wondering). “In The Trump” is a little preview of what’s to come from the new creative partners. Harry has always been a do-it-all, Swiss army knife-type producer so this team-up should be interesting.
Seattle-based producers/composers Nate Omdal and Spekulation scored the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed short film Enemy Within, an engrossing allegorical quasi-documentary featuring four of the most accomplished dancers in their respective genres. Even if dance isn’t necessarily your “thing” — and I’m certainly no expert on the art form — this film will hold you rapt for its entire 18 minute running time. That’s owed to the incredible ranges of motion exhibited by the film’s principle dancers who interpret Omdal and Spek’s vital instrumentals beautifully and evocatively. Enemy Within The Original Soundtrack shows the impressive range of these two Seattle musicians, both known for their work in hip-hop; here their compositions are also informed by jazz, classical and electronic music.